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Trump puts extra skinny into his 'skinny budget'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's not unusual for a newly minted White House to present what's known as a "skinny budget," a wish-list of spending requests for Congress and some basic economic projections.

Trial concluding for pharmacist charged in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:08am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday in the trial of the co-founder of a now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy charged with murder and racketeering for his role in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the United States.

Trump vows to appeal against travel ban ruling to Supreme Court

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:24am
HONOLULU/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A defiant Donald Trump has pledged to appeal against a federal judge's order placing an immediate halt on his revised travel ban, describing the ruling as judicial overreach that made the United States look weak.

Two Detroit police officers shot, suspect taken into custody

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:24am
(Reuters) - Two police officers were shot in Detroit on Wednesday while they were investigating drug activity on the city's West Side, where a suspect was later taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt, police said.

U.S. Catholics allowed corned beef on Paddy's Friday, meat industry cheers

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 9:04pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the U.S. meat industry has found itself wrestling with a culinary conundrum: Would American Roman Catholics be able to eat corned beef this St. Patrick's Day?

California ready to pursue clean car standards as Trump brakes

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 7:13pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Automakers hailed President Donald Trump’s call on Wednesday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and possibly dial back car fuel efficiency standards. But California sees things differently.

Arkansas legislature approves measure to expand concealed gun carry

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 6:19pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Arkansas legislature sent a measure to the governor on Wednesday that expands the number of places where permit holders can carry concealed weapons in the state, including the Capitol building.

Former Los Angeles sheriff convicted on corruption charges

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:42pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted on Wednesday on federal charges stemming from what prosecutors said was an attempt to thwart a federal investigation into corruption at his department, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rise in reports of sexual assault at U.S. Navy, Army academies

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:20pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There was a rise in reports of sexual assault at U.S. Navy and Army military academies in the last year, the Department of Defense said on Wednesday.

U.S. judge to issue ruling on halting Trump's travel ban before Thursday

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:12pm
HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said at a court hearing in Hawaii on Wednesday that he will issue a written ruling about whether to halt President Donald Trump's revised travel ban before it is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Thursday.

Judge says accused Florida airport shooter is mentally sound for trial

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:17pm
MIAMI (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people in a shooting at a Florida airport this year appears mentally fit to stand trial despite psychiatric health issues, a federal judge said on Wednesday.

Cleveland police dispatcher in Tamir Rice shooting suspended 8 days

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:56pm
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers in the 2014 shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice that a 911 caller had described the scene as probably a child with a fake gun, the boy's family lawyer said on Wednesday.

Cold snap whacks Washington's famed cherry blossoms

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington's famed cherry blossoms, one of the U.S. capital's major tourist attractions, were badly damaged by this week's late-season winter storm, the National Park Service said on Wednesday.

Motorists drove 2.2 percent more miles in January versus last year: U.S. DOT

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:33pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorists traveled 242.3 billion miles on U.S. roads and highways in January, a 2.2 percent increase over last year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation figures released on Wednesday.

New, safer U.S. rail cars gather dust even as ethanol trains grow longer

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:16pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky, while thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below.

FBI, NSA chiefs to testify on Trump wiretap claims, Russia: lawmakers

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:34am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they do not believe Trump Tower was tapped during the 2016 presidential campaign and that FBI and NSA directors will testify at a hearing next week about that claim and any Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

Trump plan to review vehicle fuel efficiency rules draws criticism

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's plans to reassess strict U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place under former President Barack Obama drew criticism on Wednesday from Democrats and environmental groups who accused him of risking more carbon emissions and higher fuel costs.

Trump hits back at Snoop Dogg 'assassination' video

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:29am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a clown-like Trump figure.

U.S. Senator Graham threatens subpoena on Trump wiretapping claim

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 9:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Congress was ready to "flex its muscles" if FBI Director James Comey did not answer questions by Wednesday about any Russian ties to the Trump campaign or provide evidence of a wiretapping warrant for Trump Tower.

Three airmen killed in U.S. Air Force plane crash in New Mexico

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:34am
(Reuters) - Three airmen were killed when their surveillance plane crashed during a military training flight in New Mexico, a U.S. Air Force official said on Wednesday.

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